Aug 28th, 2020
BT ALC Big Band is excited to release new single “The Iguana”, recorded remotely during the Covid19 pandemic and featuring a who’s who of funk royalty including legendary flutist/tenor saxophonist Karl Denson (Greyboy Allstars / Rolling Stones), award-winning guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive / Lettuce) and renowned bassist Nate Edgar (Nth Power / John Brown’s Body).
“The Iguana” is the second collaboration between BT ALC Big Band and Vintage League Music, following up on the success and glowing reviews from their previous single “Bring Forth Change” released in May. “We had so much fun and learned an awful lot from the process of putting Bring Forth Change together and couldn’t wait to start the next one”, said BT ALC Big Band co-leader Alex Lee-Clark.
Once again, the process began by getting VLM co-founder and Soulive drummer Alan Evans together with organist Darby Wolf at Iron Wax Studios to lay down the initial track for the rest of the band to work off of. BT ALC Big Band is known to employ the classic organ trio sound (organ bass) as their rhythm section but decided to use an electric bass for this recording. Bassist Nate Edgar (Nth Power / John Brown’s Body) and BT ALC Big Band co-leader Brian Thomas have been close friends and musical partners for years and were excited to reconnect for this project. “Nate is so musical, versatile and such a beautiful soul. We knew he’d be a perfect fit for this song” said Thomas.
“The Iguana” is inspired by the uptempo grooves on Grant Green’s classic album “Live At The Lighthouse” recorded in 1972. Evans suggested getting Soulive bandmate Eric Krasno to play guitar, which was perfect as no one has mastered the funky Grant Green lead and rhythm guitar sound more than Krasno. Rounding out the special guests is legendary flutist/tenor saxophonist Karl Denson (Greyboy Allstars / Rolling Stones). Also contributing to this track are saxophonists Mark Zaleski, Pete Levesque, Mike Tucker, Tucker Antell & Jared Sims, trumpets Yaure Muniz, Alex Lee-Clark, Mark Berney & Doug Olsen, trombonists Ben Griffin, Brian Thomas, Clayton DeWalt & Rob Krahn, percussionist Yahuba Garcia.
Since the group’s formation in 2011, BT ALC Big Band has gained a reputation for hard grooving original compositions featuring the most talented jazz and funk musicians in Boston. BT ALC Big Band draws from the big band traditions of Duke Ellington and Count Basie then infuses music from funk legends like James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, and The Meters, creating an undeniably unique sound, Big Band Funk.
“The Iguana” out on Digital download on August 28th via Vintage League Music